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The Leagues are back in full swing as Kerry welcome Donegal to Killarney and Clare face Tipp

Philip Reid Sun, Jan 28
 
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  • 13:34
    Philip Reid here and I’ll be bringing you news from around the country in what is a hectic start to the Allianz Leagues ...... with football and hurling matches the width and breadth of the land, the league campaign – starting earlier this year – promises to be fast and intense in the restructured GAA calendar.

    All-Ireland football champions Dublin got the ball rolling on their new season at Croke Park on Saturday night with a win over Kildare.

    “Ruthless” is how Kildare manager Cian O’Neill described Dublin’s second-half performance – which saw Dean Rock and midfielder Brian Fenton score goals inside a minute of each other – as Jim Gavin’s men ran out comfortable 2-17 to 2-10 winners.

    Not that Gavin was letting anyone think he was a happy camper, as his side – just back from their South Africa holiday – had trailed at the half-time break.

    "Our hand passing, kick passing and the fundamentals of our game weren’t what they should have been” – Gavin told RTE Sport. Next up for the Dubs is a trip to Healy Park to face Tyrone.

    Great interview with the legendary Tyrone manager Mickey Harte by our own Keith Duggan..... catch up on it:

    https://www.irishtimes.com/...


    In Saturday’s hurling matches, there was an impressive win on home turf at Pairc Ui Chaoimh for Cork – Conor Lehane contributing 11 points – over Kilkenny, their first league win over the Cats in eight years.

    And some raised eyebrows in Croke Park where Offaly invaded the capital to hand out a heavy defeat to Pat Gilroy’s Dublin hurlers. Offaly’s 2-25 to 2-15 victory will raise expectations for new manager Kevin Martin’s tenure .....


    There are a number of cracking matches in prospect in today’s Allianz Hurling League, with the Clare-Tipperary and Wexford-Waterford matches in Division One ensuring teams will have to hit the ground running in what already looks set to be a hugely competitive campaign.

    And in football, defending Allianz League champions Kerry welcome Donegal to Killarney where the inclusion of teenager David Clifford in the team will add quite a few extra spectators through the gate.
  • 13:42

    Today’s Allianz League football games

    Division   One

    Kerry   v  Donegal

    Mongahan v Mayo

    Galway v Tyrone

     

    Division Two

    Louth   v  Down

    Roscommon     v Meath

     

    Division Three

    Fermanagh     v Wexford

    Offaly   v Longford

    Armagh v Sligo

    Derry v Westmeath

     

    Division Four

    Antrim   v Leitrim

    Wicklow   v Waterford
  • 13:43

    Today’s Allianz League Hurling Games

     

    Division One

    Clare v Tipperary

    Waterford v Wexford

     

    Division One B

    Galway v Antrim

    Limerick v Laois

     

    Division Two A

    London v Kerry

    Kildare v Meath

    Carlow v Westmeath

     

    Division Two B

    Wicklow v Armagh

    Derry v Down

    Mayo v Donegal

     

    Division Three A

    Roscommon v Louth

    Tyrone v Warwickshire

    Longford v Monaghan

     

    Division Three B

    Lancashire v Fermanagh

    Sligo v Leitrim

     

  • 13:46
  • 13:48
    I was in Killarney on Saturday night and quite a few Donegal supporters had come down to make a weekend of it ...... but fair to say most eyes in Fitzgerald Stadium this afternoon will be on David Clifford, the brilliant young Kerry forward. Quite a buzz about the young man around the town and quite a few more seats will be filled for this league opener by his debut for the seniors.
  • 13:52
    Word ahead of the Mayo match away to Monaghan is that the 2017 footballer of the year Andy Moran will be starting   . . . . three changes to the starting line-up with Shane Nally and Neil Douglas also togging out.
  • 13:52
  • 13:54
    Antrim hurlers had a good first half against All-Ireland champions Galway ..... trailing by a point at the break
  • 14:01

    National anthem sounding out for the big Clare v Tipperary Division One hurling encounter ..... both will have aspirations for the title this season


    Jackie Tyrrell's take on it all:


    https://www.irishtimes.com/...


     

  • 14:03
    First blood to Donegal in the Division One match away to Kerry, with Jamie Brennan putting the visitors a point up. Long way to go .....
  • 14:05
  • 14:06
    Looks like an early shock could be on the cards at Pearse Stadium as Antrim lead All-Ireland champions Galway ......
  • 14:09
    Nip and tuck in the Kerry-Donegal match in Fitzgerald Stadium....two points apiece early on; Clare leading Tipperary in the hurling 0-4 to 0-2 in Ennis
  • 14:09
  • 14:10
  • 14:12
    Mayo sprung Andy Moran into the team ahead of their match with Monaghan.....and the 2017 footballer of the year has opened their account with a point. They needed it, Monaghan lead 0-2 to 0-1.
  • 14:14
    Antrim three points up on All-Ireland hurling champions Galway heading towards the business end of the match.....
  • 14:16
    ....there are 3,977 spectators in Pearse Stadium to wtiness Antrim's great effort against Galway. Clock is ticking down on this one.
  • 14:19
    Wexford certainly not demonstrating any neighbourliness in their hurling encounter with Waterford ..... Davy Fitz's men leading by 0-5 to 0-0
  • 14:20
    And David Clifford has set up Stephen O'Brien for Kerry's first goal of the match against Donegal. That's what you call impact from the young fella.....
  • 14:22
    Bit of a cracker in Ennis, where Tipperary - who haven't won the Allianz Hurling League since 2008   . . . . yep, 10 years ago - have edged into the lead 0-8 to 0-7 against Clare
  • 14:24
    RED CARD alert ...... Nathan Mullins given the line. Donegal down to 14 men. Really up against it now, with the Kingdom up by four points.
  • 14:24
  • 14:25
    Wexford leading by 0-7 to 0-0 over Waterford in the Division One hurling encounter......the wind is strong, apparently!!!
  • 14:29
    Jake Dillon has finally got a point for Waterford .... Wexford leading though 0-8 to 0-1.
  • 14:29
  • 14:30
    Bit of a humdinger in Galway City ...... All-Ireland champions Galway leading Antrim by two points going into injury time.
  • 14:32

    Why no double header in Galway? Concern about the pitch it seems .... Tribesmen footballers off to a flyer in Tuam for an early goal against Tyrone. Goal inside 15 seconds.

    Meanwhile over at Pearse Stadium, Galway hurlers narrowly up with clock ticking.

  • 14:33
    Kerry hurlers have beaten London - 2-30 to 1-12 - over in Ruislip in Division 2A.
  • 14:35
    No shock tremors in Pearse Stadium any longer.....League and All-Ireland champions Galway have rescued matters with a late flourish for a 1-19 to 1-16 win.
  • 14:37
    Clare have a three point advantage at the break in their Division One hurling clash with Tipperary in Ennis
  • 14:39
    Paddy McBrearty is doing trojan work to keep 14-man Donegal in touch with Kerry in Killarney. The Kingdom lead 1-8 to 0-8 at half-time. Remember, Nathan Mullins was red-carded early on.
  • 14:41
    Monaghan and Mayo locked together at 0-7 apiece at the break in their Division One football encounter at Clones.
  • 14:44
    After the great win by their hurlers over the Dubs last night, a bit of come-down in Tullamore for Offaly footballers who trail Longford by 0-14 to 1-1
  • 14:48
    A lot of folk fancy Limerick to really impact the hurling world this year.....solid opening half, leading Laois by 1-12 to 0-7 in their Division 1B encounter.
  • 14:49
    There was a 10 minute delay due to crowd congestion ahead of the Waterford-Wexford game at Walsh Park ...... Wexford getting the better of things in this one: Davy Fitz's men lead by 0-12 to 0-6 at the break. Waterford will have the wind behind them in the 2nd half.
  • 14:52
  • 14:54
    Tyrone have brought in Mark Bradley for Ronan McNamee....they're trailing Galyway by 1-3 to 0-2 with 22 minutes gone of their Division One match.
  • 14:55
    RED CARD alert: Tyrone down to 14 men v Galway.....forward Darren McCurry sent off, straight red.
  • 14:57
    Donegal might only have 14 men but they're not lying down against Kerry in the Kingdom.....early goal in the 2nd half for the Ulstermen, reducing the deficit to a single point. All to play for.
  • 14:59
    Great crowd in Walsh Park today ....... 7,467 spectators. Wexford in the driving seat so far but Waterford will have the wind in the 2nd half.
  • 14:59
    Tony McClenaghan got the Donegal goal to make a real game of it against Kerry.
  • 15:03
    Tight affair in Clones where Monaghan and Mayo are going at it .....Paddy Durcan (always worth a score or two) has put Mayo a point ahead 0-8 to 07.
  • 15:04
    Rian Brady has grabbed Longford's second goal of their runaway against Offaly in Division 3 ..... Longford now leading by 2-15 to 1-2.
  • 15:04
  • 15:06
    RED CARD alert: Carlow's Ed Byrne has been given his marching orders v Westmeath. That's 14 versus 14 now in the Division 2A hurling match.
  • 15:07

    Tasty little stat from Tuam ...... 14-man Tyrone hit seven first-half wides to Galway's two.

    Galway lead 1-3 to 0-3......remember, Damien Comer scored Galway's goal after 15 seconds.

  • 15:11
    Roscommon starting to open some daylight in their Division 2 clash with Meath.....the Rossies are 1-6 to 1-3 ahead approach half-time.
  • 15:12
    David Clifford has left the pitch in Fitzgerald Stadium to a healthy round of applause....the Kingdom trail 14-man Donegal by just two points. This will go to the final whistle!!!
  • 15:13
    Big crowd by the way in Fitzgerald Stadium....official figure rounded out at 10,000.
  • 15:14
    Paul Geaney's penalty kick flies high over the bar for a point....Kerry now trailing by one point.
  • 15:16
  • 15:17
    David Dunne goal for Wexford. They needed it .... badly ....1-13 to 0-11 over their great rivals Waterford in Walsh Park. Waterford have a strong wind behind them in chasing the game.
  • 15:18
    Odhran MacNiallais has scored a second goal for Donegal, they lead Kerry in the Kingdom 2-13 to 1-13. What an effort from the 14 men from Donegal
  • 15:22
    Clare have taken only 20 of 33 scoring chances.....but they're ahead in their big Division One hurling encounter with Tipperary. The Banner lead 0-20 to 0-17.
  • 15:23
    A real humdinger going on in Fitzgerald Stadium. Paul Geaney has maded amends for only getting a point from his penalty kick by scoring a close-in goal for Kerry. Donegal still lead by one point.
  • 15:26
    Neck and neck in Killarney......Kerry have levelled it against 14 man Donegal. Clock is ticking away. Who'll win it?
  • 15:27
    And another humdinger going on in Clones: Monaghan and Mayo locked together at 12 points each.
  • 15:28
    Sean O'Shea's point has edged Kerry one point ahead of Donegal wwith 32 minutes gone in the 2nd half.....they might pull this one out of the fire.
  • 15:29
    A Connaire Harrison goal has given Down a 1-13 to 0-10 lead in their Division 2 match in Louth.
  • 15:30
    Wexford supporters love David Dunne for a reason....he's scored his second goal to put Wexford 2-18 to 0-13 ahead against Waterford. That should seal the deal.
  • 15:31
    Donegal aren't giving this one up....Darrach O'Connor has grabbed a goal for 14 man Donegal to give them the lead again.
  • 15:32
    Full time in the Division One hurling match in Ennis: Clare 1-21 to Tipperary's 0-19. Clare will take that!!
  • 15:36
    Daithi Casey's late, late point has put Kerry a point ahead.....and that's enough to give them a one point win over 14-man Donegal:     2-18 to 3-14.
  • 15:37
    Paddy Durcan's late point has given Mayo a one-point win over Monaghan, 0-13 to 0-12. Monaghan finished with only 13 men after two late dismissals.
  • 15:44
    Antrim hurlers put up a great fight before losing out to defending champions Galway in Division 1B ..... the Antrim footballers though had no trouble opening their account with a comfortable win over Leitrim in Division 4 of the football.
  • 15:48
    Wexford have hit the ground running in 2018: a statement of intent in winning the Walsh Cup has been followed by an opening Division 1 win over Waterford, 2-20 to 0-19. David Dunne got both goals for Davy Fitz's men.
  • 15:52
    Sounds like a belter (of a kind!) in Enniskillen, where red cards (3) were thrown about like confettia at a wedding. Fermanagh open the campaign with a win over Wexford, by 3-7 to 2-5.
  • 15:55

    Today’s Allianz League Hurling results

     

    Division One

    Clare 1-21 Tipperary 0-19

    Waterford   0-19  Wexford 2-20

     

    Division One B

    Galway 1-19 Antrim 1-16

    Limerick 1-25  Laois 0-18

     

    Division Two A

    London 1-13  Kerry 2-30

    Kildare 0-17  Meath 1-17

    Carlow   0-15 Westmeath 0-19

     

    Division Two B

    Wicklow 4-20 Armagh 1-12

    Derry   1-14 Down 2-17

    Mayo   2-16 Donegal 1-9

     

    Division Three A

    Roscommon 3-18 Louth1-6

    Tyrone   2-14 Warwickshire 3-16

    Longford  0-12 Monaghan 0-16

     

    Division Three B

    Lancashire 2-25 Fermanagh 1-11

    Sligo 0-8  Leitrim 1-9

  • 15:57
    Meath looked to be dead and buried but back level from five points down against the Rossies.....
  • 15:58
    Meath showing some mighty heart in their Division Two roadtrip to Roscommon.....the Royals - from five points down - have moved one point ahead.
  • 15:59
    14-man Tyrone fighting all the way against Galway ..... the Tribesmen still have a two point lead but pressure on.
  • 16:00
    Eamon Wallace is quite the speedster......and a goal-finisher too. Meath's comeback complete with a turnaround, from five points down to four points up for the Royals against the shell-shocked Rossies.
  • 16:03
    What will Rossies manager Kevin McStay have to say to his players after this 2nd half performance? Seemed to have the points in the bank only to allow Meath back into it ......
  • 16:04
    Derry's End Lynn's penalty is saved by Westmeath goalkeeper Eoin Carberry....that could be it for a Westmeath win away from home. Clock is ticking down, the midlanders up by three points.
  • 16:06
    Yep, Westmeath have got the job done: 2-17 to 2-14. Good win for the men in maroon over Derry.
  • 16:07
    PENALTY for Roscommon v Meath.......a goal would draw it. Last kick of the game.
  • 16:08
    Donie Smith has the chance to draw the game for Roscommon..... penalty kick time.
  • 16:10

    GOAL for the Rossies.Smith slams home.....it's a draw: Roscommon 2-12   Meath 2-12

     

    Don''t you love the League?

  • 16:15

    Todays Allianz Football results


     


    Division   One


    Kerry   2-18  Donegal 3-14


    Mongahan 0-12 Mayo 0-13


    Galway 1-9 Tyrone 0-8


     


    Division Two


    Louth   0-11 Down 1-14


    Roscommon     2-12 Meath 2-12


     


    Division Three


    Fermanagh     3-7 Wexford 2-5


    Offaly   1-13  Longford 3-18


    Armagh 2-17 Sligo 0-9


    Derry 2-14 Westmeath 2-17


     


    Division Four


    Antrim   0-15 Leitrim 0-5


    Wicklow   0-12  Waterford 0-12

  • 16:23

    Well, that was some start to the 2018 Allianz League campaigns....image of the day will probably be the Donegal supporters who stayed on to applaud their team off the pitch at Fitzgerald Stadium where Kerry snatched a last-gasp one point victory. Donegal played for most of the match with only 14 men and led heading into injury time only for the league champions to salvage a late, late win. That's the game, and the pitches will only get firmer as spring approaches.

     

    So the opening series of matches saw wins for Kerry, Dublin, Galway and Mayo in Division One of the football league.

     

    In Division One of the hurling, there were wins for Clare, Wexford and Cork. It sure looks like being a competitive campaign.